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Introduction of a Wikipedia article. Complete article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nostradamus
Michel de Nostredame, usually Latinised to Nostradamus, was a French apothecary and rep se who published collections of prophec that ha since become famous worldwide. He is best kno for his book Les Propheties ( "The Prophecies "), the fi edition of wh appe in 1555. Sin the publicat of this book, which has rarely been out of print since his death, Nostradamus has attracted a following that, alo wi the po press, credits him wi pr many ma world events. The prophecies have in some cases been assimilated to the results of applyi the alleged Bible code, as well as to other purported prop works. Most acade so maintain that the assoc made be world events and Nostradamus's quat are larg the res of misinterpr or mistranslations (sometimes deliberate) or el are so tenuous as to render them useless as evi of any genuine pr power. Moreover, none of the sources listed offers any evidence th anyone has ever interpreted any of Nostradamus's quatrains specifically enough to allow a clear identification of any event in advance.